Kingsland House - McKinstry Projects | ArchiPro

Kingsland House

Busy Auckland business couple, Sam and Greg, had recently purchased an inner city suburban site with the intention of building themselves a new townhouse. They were looking for a complete design and build solution.

The challenge was to create a modern two-storey, three bedroom inner city townhouse with two living rooms on a very small, oddly shaped, rear site; all this while maintaining access and vehicle turning, and an outdoor area to maximise the northerly aspect. Height restrictions on all four boundaries further complicated the design.

Greg and Sam were very keen on the use of exposed raw materials such as steel, timber and concrete, and wanted the house to be warm and cosy following years of living in a draughty villa. The selection of rusticated western red cedar weatherboards in combination with honed concrete block external cladding met this brief nicely.

The honed concrete block continued internally via a central spine wall from which a bespoke staircase was suspended. The stair consisted of laminated dressed matai treads on an individually welded steel channel stringer. The upper level ceilings were clad in hoop pine veneered plywood sheets with expressed negative joints. Iranian travertine stone flooring adds some glamour to the lower level floor and upper level bathroom.

The lower level consists of a bright and sunny north-facing kitchen/dining/living space, along with a bedroom and a small office where Sam can work from home. Upstairs there are two bedrooms and the family bathroom, as well as a second informal living space which opens out to a terrace with views north towards Grey Lynn.

The final result is a compact inner city dwelling which made the most of the limited site, with some lovely finishes and details, and a variety of different spaces to enjoy.



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